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Service Cats: The Stoic Cat

Animal Pain And Suffering Often Go Unnoticed

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. Each week we tackle questions and topics you’ve suggested. If you’ve missed any posts in this series or want to re-read one or more, you can always find them on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. If you have questions or topic suggestions, purrlease leave them in the comments below or send us an email via our Contact page. Last week we started a mini-series on Pet Food Ingredients and what you need to know about the food you’re buying and feeding your pets. You can read it here. It’s unfortunate that this has to be such a confusing topic and that money and not the health of animals are what drive the pet food industry. That being said, mommy’s had a very heavy heart this week and is hijackin’ today’s post fur another very ‘purrtant subject. Me will be back next week with Pt. 2 of our Pet Food Ingredients mini-series.

 

Please understand, this is not a pity me post. The point of this post is to hopefully help you understand how amazing and miraculous our furry family members are.

 

    

Raena sits in tiger kitty holster cat harness

 

 

 

     Hello everyone, mommy A here. As most of you know by now, Raena’s annual medical appointment didn’t turn out quite like we had planned. Altho’ I am certainly happy that we finally have an answer as to why her eyes have been bothering her for her entire life; I’m furious it took so long. After all, I’ve taken her in several times a year every year trying to find out why they were so irritated and trying to find a way to help her. Yes, I know it’s not my fault and I’ve done the best I could with the information I had. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t blame myself to some extent. That’s on me, but most of you loving pet parents totally understand where I’m coming from.

 

     Raena’s diagnosis is that she has a mild case of Entropion, which can be successfully treated with surgery. That means her lower lids fold inward causing the small hairs to scratch her eyes constantly. This is a very painful condition. I ought to know. I had an eyelash embed in my eyelid once and had to have surgery to remove it. Before it was diagnosed however, the pain was almost unbearable. You can’t stop blinking, which causes the cornea/eyeball to be scratched over and over again and the eyes to water. Wiping the discharge hurts even more, because the hairs are pushed into the cornea even more. I had only 1 eyelash scratching mine and it was found within 2 weeks of it embedding in the lid. But those 2 weeks were miserable. It affected my mood, and everything I did. I could barely see out of the affected eye, and everything hurt, sunshine, lights, sleeping, blinking, etc..

 

Raena in stroller

 

 

 

     Another issue Raena has is a mild case of gingivitis and plaque build up. We won’t know until she has a dental if there are other issues going on such as, tooth resorption or some other periodontal disease. Having been through my own dental issues recently, I know what that kind of pain can be like and how it can affect everything in your life. Both of these conditions are fairly common in both cats and dogs, and can and should be treated. 

 

     Basically, Raena has been in enormous pain her entire life. Why is that so remarkable you ask? Well, I love my girls more than anything in this world, and over the last few days I thought about how much they love me. And then I thought about all the furry family members out there, including the ones who are being abused by their not so loving families. Whether you believe our animals love us because we’re their source for food or because they choose too is irrelevant because the truth is, even when they’re in enormous pain and discomfort, they will still love us and try to please us.

 

Raena lays in mommy's lap

 

 

 

     Over the last 2 1/2 years of Raena’s life, she has endured Service Cat Training while living in constant pain. Never once did she get angry or refuse to train. As always, she’s willing to please and puts forth every effort to complete whatever task she’s given. Even on days when her eyes were so gunky she could barely open them, she was always right beside me doing whatever she could to make my life easier. She’s always there for a snuggle and purr. There have been many days when she couldn’t open one of her eyes at all, and still, she was ever present to alert or massage or whatever might be needed.

 

     It makes me so angry to think about, but an abused animal will show love and devotion to their abuser, the person who hurts them. With halloween approaching my thoughts race to those animals who through no fault of their own may be tortured or killed just because. My thoughts go to those animals who have been rescued from perilous situations and regardless of their physical pain still have the capacity to love and try to please us humans.

 

Dezi lays on scratcher with mouth openBe our voice. Take away our pain.

 

 

 

     Animals are so good at hiding their pain, we humans often take their medical conditions for granted. I’ll be honest and tell you that I feel horrible and disgusting for making Raena continue to suffer so that we can try to raise the money needed for her surgery; because when it happened to me, I wanted it fixed ASAP. I guess the point I’m trying to make today, is to stop thinking of these “common” ailments as trivial. The animal is in an enormous amount of pain. If it were you suffering, you wouldn’t want to wait and see, or put off procedures for weeks, months or years. If you suspect an animal is being abused, don’t keep quiet, please be their voice. And, keep your pets inside during the halloween holidays. You can read our halloween safety tips here. Remember, animals hide their pain, so if you’re given pain meds for them, give them as prescribed, don’t rely on your animals to tell you they need them. Didn’t they suffer enough before the procedure?

 

 

     Part of the reason Raena has these problems are genetic. Backyard breeders care more about the money than they do the animal’s health. But even respectable breeders can sometimes be at fault. Attempts to breed more desirable traits or appearances often come with a cost to the animal’s overall health. Yes, we need help paying for Raena’s surgery and dental. As promised, below you’ll find the vet’s estimate.

 

Raena's surgical estimate for entropion and dental

 

 

     Because Raena has a semi “smashed” face, blood work really isn’t optional, so we need the whole $261.58. This total doesn’t include any possible extractions, and we certainly hope and pray that she doesn’t require any. We also ask that you keep her in your prayers. Anytime anesthesia is used, there are risks. Certainly, those risks increase  for animals with the shorter noses (smashed faces). Her appointment is November 15th. However, if we get the money before then, we’ll schedule her in sooner. I don’t want her to suffer any longer than she has too. You can help by donating to our paypal at: lexi.dezi@yahoo.com. If you’d prefer, you can donate directly to our account by calling Carter County Animal Hospital at: 580-226-1001. The account is under Audra High. Please, hug your fur babies a little longer and tell them how much you love and appreciate them. And if you suspect they may be ill or having problems, see the vet immediately. Just because they don’t act like they’re in pain, doesn’t mean they aren’t. Don’t let them suffer.

 

Fank you mommy. Pain and Suffering come in many forms, and just cuz ya’ don’t see it doesn’t mean it ain’t there. We’re blest to have a mommy who cares and tries to do whatever she can to help us and make sure we stay healthy. We really ‘purreciate all of you and fank you fur your help. Me also wants to remind you that you can ketch up on any post in our Service Cats series by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. Don’t furget to ask your questions and post topic suggestions by leaving a comment below or sending us an email via our Contact page. Fanks fur your patience and allowing us to deviate today. This is a topic that deserved attention. Me will be back next week with more food ingredients you need to know ‘bout.

 

Raena sits on cat tree with her carnival mask onPut on your mask and get ready fur sissy’s pawrty!!!

 

 

And don’t furget, Raena’s throwin’ me a Venetian/Rio Carnival Themed Birthday/Gotchaday pawrty on Wednesday November 14, 2018. Put on your masks and send your fotos to our email to be included in the festivities. We’re gonna have a contest fur bestest mask/costume. We’re also joinin’ Comdey plus fur Feline Furiday today. 

 

 

 

Do you know what signs to look for when your pet is in pain?

 

 

 

 

Till the next time………………………………………………..Be Blest!!!

 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue 

Mommy A: Black

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

Service Cats: Pet Food Ingredients: Pt. 1

What You Should Know About Your Pet’s Food:

 

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. We’re workin’ hard on exposin’ the truths behind the ingredients in your pet’s food. Who knew it could take so long to find definitions and reasons fur everythin’ pet food companies put in those bags and cans or pet feed. It’s fur sure nufffin’ like you humans walkin’ up to the butcher and orderin’ a grass fed steak as opposed to grain fed. Anyways, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series you can ketch up by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. And don’t furget to submit your own questions or topic suggestions by leavin’ a comment below or sendin’ us a purrivate email via our Contact page.

 

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

 

The following post will be written in human English for reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Training Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal training, cats in purr-ticular. And to offer insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, successful Training is all about Repetition and Rewards.

 

Raena sits posing in her tiger harness

 

 

 

     So, we thought we’d break things up a bit. There’s just too many ingredients in most pet feeds to list in one post anyways. We will be covering a lot of ingredients in this mini-series. Not all the ingredients we’ll cover are in every food/feed on the market. These posts are just to make you aware of what you need to look for and/or avoid. More than a few years back, the standard for label reading was to check for the first 3 ingredients listed. The idea was that those 3 ingredients made up the bulk of the contents of the bag or can. The problem with that theory is that you don’t often know where those ingredients come from, the quality of those ingredients or how they were processed.

 

Different meat cuts

 

 

 

Protein:

     Let’s talk about Protein. Protein is required for your pet to live. Cats being obligate carnivores must have Meat. We can’t survive, much less thrive without it. But, what kind of meat or protein is found in most pet foods? The truth is, you can never be completely sure unless you’re preparing it in your kitchen. Pet food companies want to put pretty pictures on their labels to make it appear as if top shelf meat is contained within the packaging. However, often the protein is comprised of meat meals and by products that you would never feed kitty or doggy if you actually knew the truth. Rarely do they contain anything that remotely resembles the photo on the package. Pet food companies are allowed to use not only appropriately sourced and rendered meats, but also diseased, and non slaughtered animals, such as those killed by lethal injection (phenobarbital), road kill, drowned due to acts of God, etc.. Not only are these animals used, but they also throw in the feathers, hooves, beaks and everything else.

 

     It’s then cooked at high temperatures, removing most if not all nutritional values, bleached/sterilized and then dried to be made into pet feed. At this stage it’s no longer called meat, it’s called meat meal. Now, pet food manufacturers would have you believe that meat meal provides a higher quality of protein for your pet than the actual meat does. If that’s the case, why don’t you humans eat meat meal? Why doesn’t the USDA (truthaboutpetfood.com) approve of these meats for human consumption?

 

Raena looks back from her dinner plateFanky fankfully, mine’s dinner is made with human grade meats

processed in a facility overseen by the USDA.

 

 

     Mommy says she remembers a time when all pet foods had a statement on the label that warned against using the same utensils for pet food as one would use for human foods, even though those utensils would be washed between uses. That’s when mommy got serious about looking into the food she fed. After all, if whatever is contained inside that package is so toxic that it can’t even be cleaned off a stainless steel utensil, then how could it possibly be safe for us to eat?.

 

 

Dezi lays on the floorTime fur a nap.

 

 

The reality is, that there are far more deceptive tactics and ingredients in the pet feed industry. However, Not every company or food is bad. The best thing one can do is to educate themselves, and know the products you’re buying and serving to Fluffy and Fido. We’ll delve into more ingredients in the coming posts. Until then, get your questions asked and topic suggestions in. Just leave them in the comments section below or send us an email. And don’t furget to check out the other posts in this series on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page in our menu. We’re joinin’ Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday. Our purrayers go out to all affected by the weather and storms.

 

Till the next time……………………………………………….Be Blest!!!

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

 

Service Cats: How To Beat The Heat And Treat Overheating In Cats

The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.

Raena sits posing in her tiger harness

 

 

 

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. We’re runnin’ low on questions from ya’ll, so purrlease let us know what you’d like to see here on Furidays. You can do so by leavin’ your questions and/or topic suggestions in the comments below or by sendin’ us an email via our Contact page. And, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series you can check them out by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page from our menu. With all the hot weather we’ve been havin’ lately, this seems like the purrfect time to talk about how to Beat The Heat. 

 

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

Stay inside

     Sounds kind of silly, but Staying inside out of the heat is the best way to beat it. We have recently learned that some of our friends around the world don’t have air conditioning. We were shocked, but we do understand that certain areas don’t actually get as hot as others and humidity doesn’t affect everybody, so a/c’s aren’t needed items. However, we’re pretty sure that most people have fans. To make the air the fan blows a bit cooler, you can fill a bowl with cold water and place it in front of the fan; replace the water as needed. Keep all unscreened windows and doors closed.

 

     Fresh water should be available at all times. Fountains tend to keep water cooler thru circulation. You can also add ice cubes which some cats enjoy. You can also make a little nip tea to freeze into cubes and add to kitty’s water as a little treat during the heat wave; or anytime for that matter.

 

Dezi looks full on at the camera while sitting ion the stroller outside

 

 

 

Stay Cool Outside 

     If you must be outside, or you’re caring for stray or feral kitties, there are steps you can take to keep everybody safe during the heat of summer. Shelter from the heat is a must. Shade trees, shrubs, dog/cat houses, even boxes placed in shady areas can be useful.

 

     Fresh water is a must. And remember when putting the water bowl out, to place it in a shady area so that it will stay cool longer and kitty/doggy won’t have to stand on hot surfaces to get a drink. Ice cubes can be placed in the water, but remember to add water to the bowl. The ice cubes may not melt as quickly as you expect them to alone.

 

     Remember cement, asphalt and dirt/sand can reach temperatures hot enough to burn, so make sure kitty can access food and water without having to walk or sit on those surfaces. Paw pads can burn very easily. If you’re taking kitty/doggy for a walk, avoid walking on those surfaces for long periods of time. You have shoes, kitty/doggy is basically walking barefoot. 

 

     NEVER leave kitty/doggy locked/shut in a car, non climate controlled shed, storage room or garage. Temperatures in these areas can be deadly in a short amount of time. Don’t let kitty/doggy ride around in the bed of your pickup truck. The metal bed can and will burn.

 

     Kitties and doggies with lots of fur might enjoy a small haircut. However, Do Not shave them to the skin. That skin has been protected by fur and exposure to extreme temps can be dangerous. Watch out for hot spots and treat any skin conditions as soon as possible. Short nosed breeds, such as Persians, Bulldogs, etc., have more difficulty breathing, especially as temperatures rise. Keep a close eye on them and know the signs of overheating in pets.

 

Raena sits in stroller while outside

 

 

 

Symptoms of Overheating

     Know the signs of Overheating in pets and if you see it, get your pet to the VET as soon as possible.

Excessive panting,

Difficulty breathing,

Increased heart and respiratory rate,

Drooling,

Weakness,

Stupor,

Collapse,

Seizures,

Bloody Diarrhea,

Vomiting,

Elevated Temperatures over 104°F (ASPCA.org). 

 

Dezi lays on the table at the vet's office

 

 

 

Immediate Treatment

     If you find kitty unconscious or in a stupor, soak him/her in cool, but not ice cold water, keeping the nose and mouth clear. You can also try placing a bag of frozen vegetables or an ice pack between their legs and go straight to your VET.  

     If kitty is still conscious, get him/her inside cooler temps immediately. Let him/her drink as much water as he/she wants and get to the VET ASAP.

     If kitty is just beginning to show signs of overheating, get them inside a cool area and place a cool wet towel over them. Make sure there is plenty of cold water available to drink. Keep a close eye on kitty and see the VET if needed.

 

Raena sits on the table at the Vet's office

There will be no temp takin’ here, fanky fank you.

 

 

 

     If you can safely take kitties temperature, do so. Make note of the temperature and take appropriate actions. Rectal temps as follows:

100° – 103°F = normal to slightly elevated 

103° – 104°F = slightly elevated and should be seen be a VET as soon as possible. 

105°F and above could be fatal and should be seen by a VET Immediately.

 

     Remember, prevention is always the best cure. With just a few steps everybody can survive the heat. Another tip is not to over play your pet during the hottest parts of the day. While it may be fun to play fetch at the beach with your dog or chase the wand bird in the yard with kitty, to much fun in the sun can lead to the dangers of overheating. You might also want to wrap a bandana that has been soaked in cool water around your pets neck to help keep them cool. And make sure everybody including the humans are drinking plenty to avoid dehydration. 

 

Blooper- Dezi's head while she lays on scratcher.

This is fur sure a blooper. Mommy was trying to take a foto of me while me slept

on the scratcher beside her chair. Alas, she cut off me’s face and body

and only got the tippy top of me’s head. Hmmmpht

 

 

 

Well, we’re gonna wrap it up fur today. We do hope this helps you to survive the summer hots. We’re doin’ all we can to enjoy the wonderful a/c in the house. Mommy once lived in an apartment where she had no control over her own a/c. Temps in her apartment were in the low 100’s at night, mid 100’s in the day, and even brought out the media to repurrt on the situation. She swore then and there, she would never allow her babies (then, sis Lexi and Lucky) to have to endure anything like that again, so she’s really good about makin’ sure Raena and me are comfy regardless of what’s goin’ on. ‘Member, you can ketch up on any posts you may have missed in this series by clickin’ Training Tips and Everything Feline from our menu. And, be sure and leave your questions and/or topic suggestions in the comments below or via our Contact page in our menu. 

 

Blooper-Raena lays in lap and reaches for the camera phone

Mine’s blooper submission. Mine’s selfie didn’t quite turn out. Guess

I’s zigged when I’s should’a zagged. MOL

 

 

 

We’re linkin’ up with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furidays and we’re also joinin’ our furiends the Cuddlywumps fur Pet foto fails and bloopers.

 

Do you have any tips for surviving the hots?  

 

Till the next time………………………………………………Be Blest!!!

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle     

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